Preparing for an Emergency

Overview

Thinking ahead is key to preparing for an emergency. Since emergencies can happen anywhere, be sure to make safety a priority. Consider creating a safety plan and sharing it with all family members.

The first place to promote safety is in the home. For example, inspecting the home using a household safety checklist can help prevent unintentional accidents, injuries and nontraumatic emergencies. Keep emergency information posted in easy-to-find places. Family members should also be trained in first-aid procedures.

Being away from home may make some people forget about safety or the need to prepare for emergencies. Before traveling, follow a traveler’s checklist to maintain health and safety while traveling. If possible, pack a traveler’s first-aid kit. Before traveling abroad, consider recommendations for international travelers related to overseas hospital and medical costs.

The risk of natural disasters also requires diligence in preparing for an emergency. Be sure to have an emergency supply kit ready in case an evacuation is required.

Basics

Wellness and Prevention